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1 Accommodation or Modification: Do You Know the Difference? Presenter: Angela Kwok

2 Scheduled Activities  Task One: Group Discussion  Definition of accommodation or modification  Task Two: Case Scenario Activity  Accommodation or Modification?  Task Three: Classroom Example Activity  Write an accommodation

3 Group-work: Task 1  In groups of 4, discuss and create a definition for:  Accommodation  Modification  Write the definition on handout provided, on large butcher paper or personal notebook paper.

4 Modification  Modification - Change in materials or procedures that enables a student to access instruction and assessment. Assessment modifications change the construct that is being measured.  Making an assignment easier so the student is not doing the same level of work as other students is an example of a modification.

5 Accommodation Accommodations - Change in materials or procedures that enables a student to meaningfully access instruction and assessments. Assessment accommodations do not change the construct that is being measured.  An accommodation is a change that helps a student overcome or work around the disability and DO NOT reduce learning expectations.  Allowing a student to respond orally is an example of an accommodation.

6 Task Two  Identify whether the given scenario is a modification or an accommodation Modification Accommodation

7 Case Scenario 1: Susie  Susie has an intellectual disability. She is placed in a self-contained class, but she has been participating in some general education classes. Susie’s 4 th grade general education teacher has required her to participate in spelling tests. Susie received a failing grade for the past 4 spelling tests. The teacher has decided to reduce the number of spelling words on Susie’s list. She is only responsible for the single syllable words on the spelling list each week.

8 Ways to accommodate Susie’s Needs  Focus on spelling lists with similar spelling patterns  Sort the words that fit the spelling patterns, and sort out the words that don’t fit.  What other ideas do you have?

9 Case Scenario 2: Marco  Marco is a high school student who does not receive special education or Section 504 services. In his Algebra I class, Marco often makes mistakes when multiplying or dividing large numbers with decimals. When Marco uses a calculator, he arrives at the correct answer.

10 Ways to Address Marco’s Needs  Graph paper  Class notes with an example question available for student  Procedures numbered explaining the step by step process  Peer tutor  Teacher monitors student and checks work with teacher after every 2-4 problems.  Provide other ideas

11 Case Scenario 3: Bobby  Bobby has a learning disability in reading. He is overwhelmed by long reading passages, because he cannot read on grade level. Bobby needs to learn about main idea and supporting details. The teacher provides Bobby a story on his reading level. Bobby only has to identify the main idea while the rest of the class must identify the main idea and supporting details.

12 Ways to Accommodate Bobby’s Needs  Bobby can identify main idea and details within a paragraph provided while the class will identify the main idea and details in the whole story.  Bobby can answer question cards: identify the main idea and supporting details  Provide other ideas you may have.

13 Case Scenario 4: Sonja Sonja has a very compassionate special education teacher. Miss Black is worried that Sonja will be frustrated with the work her general education teacher assigns, so each night she takes a copy of the work assigned for the next day and finds ways to reduce the amount and quality of the assignment. An example of this effort is the assigned spelling words for the week. Miss Black finds a list of 1 st grade words for Sonja’s 5 th grade teacher.

14 Ways to Accommodate Sonja’s Needs  Focus on lesson objective: Will student benefit by completing work lower than grade level standards.  The modification is cutting down the learning expectation for the student. To accommodate for this student, break tasks into smaller more manageable parts, frequently check for understanding.  Since the objective is quality and not quantity, help the student master objectives of the lesson without feeling frustrated.

15 Case Scenario 5: Malcolm  Malcolm’s scores on in- class assignments and assessments improve when he is provided with large print material. The teacher provides Malcolm materials with larger print because she has observed that his comprehension also greatly improves.

16 Other Ways to Address Malcolm’s Needs  Magnifying glass  iPad  Document camera to enlarge book on computer screen  Check with the textbook publisher for larger print copy  Other

17 Case Scenario 6: Jacob  Jacob is a ninth grade student who receives special education services under the category of Other Health Impairment. When reading, Jacob continuously blinks and moves his head, skips lines, omits or transposes words, and loses his place often, even when using a place marker. He sits at the teacher’s computer so he can follow along during PowerPoint presentations.

18 Other Ways to Address Jacob’s Needs  Colored overlays  Colored glasses  Picture window template to reduce text visible to the student  Print less text on a page  Other ideas you may have

19 IDEA Regulations  (3) Specially designed instruction means adapting, as appropriate, to the needs of an eligible child under this part, the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction—  (i) To address the unique needs of the child that result from the child’s disability; and  (ii) To ensure access of the child to the general curriculum, so that the child can meet the educational standards within the jurisdiction of the public agency that apply to all children. [§300.39(b)(3)]

20 Accommodation or Modification?  Jack will have shorter writing assignments. Jack must write introductory paragraph while the rest of the class will write beginning, middle, and ending paragraphs.  Jack’s textbooks will be based on the 8th grade curriculum requirements, but at his independent reading level (4th grade). Jack will use the same content and have the same expectations as peers.  Jack will have test questions read to him, when he asks.  Jack will provide answers to essay-type questions by speaking the answers, rather than writing them down. Modification Accommodation

21 Task Three  Discuss an appropriate accommodation for each given classroom situation using classroom example cards provided.

22 Classroom Example 1: Rajiv  Rajiv is a fourth grade student who receives special education services for disabilities in reading and mathematics. He has difficulty in all areas of reading such as decoding words, blends, and frequently used sight words.

23 Rajiv’s Classroom Accommodations  Additional support personnel  Books provided on student’s instructional level  Peer tutoring/one-on-one support from teacher  Book on CD  Flashcards of frequently used sight words  High school student can record reading for Rajiv

24 Classroom Example 2: Eliza  Eliza is a fifth grade student who does not receive special education or Section 504 services. She struggles with mathematics computations, but her performance improves when she uses a calculator.

25 Eliza’s Classroom Accommodations  Hundreds, addition, or multiplication chart  Example of math problem showing a sequence of steps for the student to follow  Graph paper (or notebook paper turned sideways)  Computer program to review math facts and increase automaticity with math recall (chart student’s progress and reward improvement).  Other ideas

26 Classroom Example 3: Jesse  Jesse is able to recall basic mathematics facts; however, when solving more complex mathematics problems with algorithms, he is unable to remember the steps and often loses his place. Jesse has attended after-school tutoring all year, but scores on his classroom assignments and tests indicate that his performance has not improved.

27 Jesse’s Classroom Accommodations  Look at test results in the specific area he is struggling.  Provide step-by-step example of a math problem  Student may use open notes  Teacher notes  Peer tutoring  Check problem and answer with teacher after completion of two problems  Use colored pencils (different color for each step)  Other ideas

28 Classroom Example 4: Victor  Victor is an eighth grade student who receives special education services to address his needs related to a physical disability. Victor does not struggle with mathematics reasoning and computation; however, he is only able to write with a pencil for short amounts of time because his muscles become fatigued easily and begin to cramp.

29 Victor’s Classroom Accommodations  Shortened assignments  Paraprofessional scribes for student  Peer tutor/mentor  Calculator to calculate problem  Multiple choice answer sheet to select answer  Other ideas

30 Classroom Example 5: Steven  Steven is an eleventh grade student who exhibits anger frequently. He talks back to teachers and often misses class, causing him to be behind in his work. Steven’s favorite class (when he attends) is History class with Mr. Michaels.

31 Steven’s Classroom Accommodations  Establish a mentorship time for the student to meet with Mr. Michaels each week (teacher helper 15 min/week)  Reward attendance with time with Mr. Michaels  Have a plan for student to help him appropriately deal with anger (step by step procedures for student: breathe, count)  Arrange an event with school counselor for:  After school activity  Volunteer project benefitting community  Basketball during lunch for 1 on 1 tournament  Other ideas

32 Classroom Example 6: Tonya  Tonya is a seventh grade student who loves science. She is a student with high functioning Asperger’s Syndrome. Her dad is concerned that Tonya fails to fill out her daily agenda. She performs poorly on in- class assessments, because she doesn’t study for the tests. Tonya has six assignments missing from Mr. Jones’ class.

33 Tonya’s Classroom Accommodations  Teacher initiates communication with parents regarding upcoming tests  Staggered approach to help student fill out agenda starting with more restrictive to less restrictive intervention  Colored folders and notebooks for each subject area  Address organizational goals with student(locker location, transition time)

34 Areas of Accommodations:  Timing/Scheduling  Setting  Presentation  Response

35 Timing/Scheduling Example  Allow frequent breaks  Spread testing sessions over several days

36 Setting Example  Work in a small group  Work one-on-one with the teacher

37 Presentation Example  Provide audiotaped lectures or books  Give copies of teacher’s lecture notes  Use large print books, Braille, or books on CD (digital text)

38 Student Response Example  Allow answers to be given orally or dictated  Use a word processor for written work  Use sign language, a communication device, Braille, or native language if not English.

39 Contact Information Angela Kwok Special Education Specialist


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